Bachelor of Medical Science

Approved Abbreviation: BMedSc

Western Sydney University Course Code: 3755.1

AQF Level: 7

CRICOS Code: 044792K

Students should follow the course structure for the course version relevant to the year they commenced. This version applies to students whose commencement year in this course is 2020 or later.

Units may be revised or replaced to ensure students are provided with up to date curriculum throughout their studies, and this may result in a new course version. Refer to the Check My Course Progress page in MySR for the most up to date information for your course.

For Commencement Year 2017 to 2019 - Please refer to 3673.2 Bachelor of Medical Science

This degree will provide you with the opportunity to learn about the basic sciences underpinning human health, wellbeing and its application to human disease. Enrolment in this degree has you selecting from one of three areas as your primary major: Biomedical Science, Medicinal Chemistry or Anatomy and Physiology. The Biomedical Science major focuses on the cellular, molecular and genetic biology aspects of health and disease. The Medicinal Chemistry major focuses on the chemistry, biochemistry and pharmacological aspects of health and disease, while the Anatomy and Physiology major focuses on the anatomy and physiology of the human body in relation to health and disease.

Students need note that different majors and sub-majors are offered on different campuses, and not all majors/sub-majors are offered at every campus.

Study Mode
Three years full-time or six years part-time.


Assumed Knowledge: Students should have at least two unit English, and two unit science (any science) and two unit mathematics at year 12 equivalent.

Applications from Australian and New Zealand citizens and holders of permanent resident visas must be made via the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC). Use the links below to apply via UAC or Western Sydney University. Applications made directly to Western Sydney do not have an application fee.

Applicants who have undertaken studies overseas may have to provide proof of proficiency in English. Local and International applicants who are applying through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) will find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on the UAC website. Local applicants applying directly to the University should also use the information provided on the UAC website.

International applicants must apply directly to the University via the International Office. International students applying to the University through the International Office can find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on their website.

International Office

Work Integrated Learning

Western Sydney University seeks to enhance student learning experiences by enabling students to engage in the culture, expectations and practices of their profession or discipline. This course includes a placement or other community-based unpaid practical experience.

There is an optional work component available in this course. Please contact the Course Advisor listed above for information.

International students should be aware that if an elective is a requirement of the course but the work itself was not registered with CRICOS, students can still complete these electives but it would be counted towards the work limitation. For more details, refer to the 'Work Integrated Learning (WIL) for international students' website.

Work Integrated Learning (WIL) for international students

Course Structure

Qualification for this award requires the completion of 240 credit points which includes: 80 credit points of core units, 80 credit points taken as a Science specialisation and 80 credit points of elective units.

Students must complete at least 60 credit points at Level 3.

Please note that the full three year structure is shown on each of the Major Testamur handbook pages via the links below.

Core units

300811Scientific Literacy
300808Introductory Chemistry
300936Functional Proteins and Genes
300893Topics in Medical Science

Choose one of

301259Work Internship for Science Professionals
301261Complex Case Studies in Science

Choose one of

300831Quantitative Thinking
300672Mathematics 1A

Choose one of

300816Cell Biology
300803Essential Chemistry 2

NOTE: All commencing students must take Essential Chemistry 2 (as the elective unit) and Cell Biology in Spring semester of Year 1.


Students are required to complete eight specialisation units from one of the following testamur majors:

Please note that the full three year structure is shown on each of the Major Testamur handbook pages via the links below.

MT3030Biomedical Science
MT3028Anatomy and Physiology

From 2021 the following specialisations are not available to commencing students:

MT3029Medicinal Chemistry


Students may use their elective units to complete an additional specialisation from the wide range of units offered by Western Sydney University.

Enrolment in elective units is subject to meeting any required criteria for individual units, such as co-requisites and pre-requisites.

Suggested Elective Sub-majors

SM3113Environmental Health
SM3114Infectious Diseases

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